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Reviewing manuscripts is a thankless job, but what if it weren't?

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What about just offering some

What about just offering some monetary compensation for services rendered? That's what the sperm banks do.

Problem is that some cannot

Problem is that some cannot accept compensation, as it is viewed as part of the job (but I'm DROWNING in reviews!)

Problem is that some cannot

Problem is that some cannot accept compensation, as it is viewed as part of the job (but I'm DROWNING in reviews!)

I agree that it is a lot of

I agree that it is a lot of extra work, but declining results in a lot of the 'crap' that is currently being published. Several journals are offering CME for reviews which is of some value to MD reviewers. Not as clear what the incentives for PhDs would be, although Duffy's idea is worth exploring. The question is whether academic institutions would incorporate this into RPT considerations. If so, then it would have a chance to work.

I am the editor of a

I am the editor of a mid-level journal and I also review for a number of journals because it is appropriate. I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon vetting reviewers and requesting a review. Because I asked for a reviewer response to speed the review process almost all responded, but most indicated they were too busy. I don't doubt they were busy. I vetted them for their competence and publication record. The press of general life (heaven forbid if you have a family)plus the need to have increased focus on the aspects of work life that will benefit oneself are clearly increasing. Grant funds are diminishing, publication demands are increasing, and for many the need to develop a career that includes professional societies, numerous committees, team science (inefficient), and an appearance in the next news letter is overwhelming. Many of the busy reviewers were likely preparing manuscripts that they would send to a journal and feel that they are entitled to a quick turnaround. Finding reviewers is a crisis and one that I don't see being resolved easily because people are too busy and reviewing doesn't provide an immediate pay off. Publishers are focused on the bottom line, citation indices, and getting more work from editors. The only thing I can do is systematically manage the work load and take the heat.